Thy Will Be Done, On Earth As It Is In Heaven
We say this as a matter of course when we are reciting the Lord’s Prayer, but do we really mean it?
This is the beginning of the part of the Lord’s Prayer that if most people really thought about it, I believe, would either skip over altogether, or would realize what it is that they are actually asking for. So much so that it would bring about dramatic change in their thought processes and behavior.
What if God’s will is so diametrically opposed to our own that they are completely incompatible? Do we really want God’s will to be done, or do we want God to bend Himself to what it is that we want? Even bless it?
You want that girl or guy. You want to take a vacation to some foreign land. You want a particular job. You want that car or that house. You want God to heal your loved one to save his/her life. You might even fervently pray that God delivers the desires of your heart.
James 4:13-15 “Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow
we will go into such and such a city, and continue there a year,
and buy and sell, and get gain:
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow.
For what is your life? It is even a vapour,
that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
For that ye out to say, of the Lord will,
we shall live, and do this, or that.”
God’s will is something different. He may be waiting for the right time, He may have something better in mind for you, or it may be that what you want would turn out to be to your detriment.
We don’t always understand it, and sometimes we don’t like it. Sometimes we even get angry at God and rail against Him. How can He deny something so important to us? Something that means so much? How can we possibly go on without whatever it is we were asking for? Something as important as our happiness, a job that would provide for our family, or the life of someone we hold dear to our heart?
Maybe it doesn’t have anything to do with you. Set aside your own pride, arrogance, and self-importance. Don’t think that it’s all about you. That you are the only one who may have been asking God for something.
What does God do when he receives prayers from multiple people that conflict with one another?
He does what He knows to be just. What will accomplish His goals. What is best for everyone involved.
Someone else may have needed the job worse than you and God has another one for you. Your loved one may be destined for more pain and anguish, and God was actually saving them from it. That girl or guy you thought you just had to have may not have been the best match for you, but was perfect for someone else.
Stop being selfish. Think about the possibilities. Move along God’s path.
Stories abound about the times God said, “No.” to prayer. In hindsight, the petitioner can see how things would have turned out, and confessed that it wouldn’t have been all they thought it would be cracked up to be.
Hebrews 4:15 “For we have not an high priest which
cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities;
but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”
Infirmities, as is it used in this verse in Hebrews, doesn’t just mean sickness. It also means want of strength or weakness.
I’m not saying that it’s an easy thing. There are times when it’s going to hurt.
Jesus understands. He went through it all, right up through the death of a loved one.
When Jesus left, God sent the comforter, the Holy Ghost. It is the Holy Ghost through whom we speak through to the Father. He will comfort you and strengthen you, if you will let Him.
That’s not to say that we shouldn’t go to God and ask Him for what we want, no matter what it is. He wants to give us the desires of our heart. He wants us to be happy.
We should want what He wants.
It does not do well to kick against Him.
In cases in which you prevail upon Him and win, you may yet lose.